FAQ: Be honest doc, does root canal therapy hurt? Answer: This is a controversial question because no dentist in Silver Spring Maryland finds it easy to tell their patient that the procedure they have recommended will be uncomfortable for them in any way. But think about it: often, a tooth that needs a root canal is already extremely painful. The anesthetic administered just prior to treatment renders the procedure pain-free. Once the infection has been eliminated, patients are typically in a lot less pain, although they may need to take some standard over-the-counter headache painkillers in the day or two following their appointment. Remember, says the dentist in Silver Spring Maryland, a timely root canal procedure can actually save damaged and decayed teeth, so it’s always worth it! FAQ: What is a root canal? Answer: A ‘root canal’ has become the common term used for a procedure designed to sterilize the insides of a damage or decayed tooth that would otherwise require extraction. Its name is derived from the part of the tooth anatomy involved in the procedure, explains the dentist in Silver Spring Maryland. The root canal is actually the tiny space in the roots of the teeth where the blood vessels and nerves that connect your tooth to your jaw. FAQ: What can cause the need for root canal therapy? Answer: Root canal therapy is generally recommended for teeth that have sustained substantial damage or decay; so much so that the insides of the tooth have become contaminated by bacteria. When this occurs, says the dentist in Silver Spring Maryland, the pulp has to be removed, the inner chambers and canals sterilized and the entire tooth filled with an inert cement so that the future risk of contamination is minimized. What can cause this kind of damage to the tooth? A number of factors, explains the dentist in Silver Spring Maryland. One of the top causes is accidental trauma, which has resulted in a deep fissure, crack or chip in the dental enamel and the subsequent infection of the pulp chamber. Advanced tooth decay caused by poor oral hygiene can also necessitate endodontic therapy, explains the dentist in Silver Spring Maryland. Actually, anything that exposes the insides of the tooth allowing it to become infected can necessitate root canal therapy. FAQ: Are there any other treatment options for damaged teeth? Answer: The only way to find out what your treatment options are is to consult with your dentist in Silver Spring Maryland. He or she will explain what is required in order to save a tooth from the damage or decay it has sustained. Generally, when endodontic therapy is recommended, you are looking at that or losing the tooth entirely.
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